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1 review » One of the most pleasant surprises of the week was falling hook, line & sinker for the new Akron/Family album, 'Set 'Em Wild, Set 'em Free'. Never a more appropriate title for this fluid, galloping take on weird rock & psychedelic outsider folk, these guys have been staunch faves of Uncle Philly's for aeons now & I can hear why, for sure, on playing this. They seem to have hit on an savvy v ... »

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Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free by Akron/ Family
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 23 July 2009
One of the most pleasant surprises of the week was falling hook, line & sinker for the new Akron/Family album, 'Set 'Em Wild, Set 'em Free'. Never a more appropriate title for this fluid, galloping take on weird rock & psychedelic outsider folk, these guys have been staunch faves of Uncle Philly's for aeons now & I can hear why, for sure, on playing this. They seem to have hit on an savvy vein of hugely eclectic, classic guitar music & skewed Western improv rock where afro guitars can playfully tumble with the sort of airy, studious but huggable foot stomping rhythyms that have you grinning with delight. Strings, brass & electronics are occasionaly employed in a restrained & amiable manner. Elsewhere a bassline bobs amongst skittering percussion as lyrics are projected like a calming mantra. Track four offers a tender slant on alt country/folk that is simultaneously wistful & ecstatic. These chaps aren't afraid of letting their songs suddenly explode in swathes of taut chaos, walls of hazy, spiralling guitar & acid fried mentalism either. 'MBF', for instance, is one sick puppy that completely assaults your senses, but in a wonderful fashion! There's one track that recalls classic Beck/Flaming Lips territory, all gently off kilter woozy vocals, chimes & bells, like a mildly drunken campfire dream. This is the most satisfying album of contemporary Americana i've heard in an age, these guys infuse their unpredictable cerebral tunes with the sort of hugely innovative nous that made the sorely missed (& underappreciated) Dismemberment Plan such a delight and thus their music is quite uncategorisable as such. Such a broad range of styles & moods that somehow flow immaculately. Close runner up for AOTW in the busy pre-Summer rush of quality releases, this could well be the modern equivelent of 'Deserters Songs'!


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